Fujifilm presented us with a bit of a dilemma this year because the X-T2 could easily have succeeded in the professional mirrorless category as well, but we think the X-Pro2 is undoubtedly the more pro-focused machine. The X-T1 was an outstanding camera – Fujifilm really hasn’t put a foot wrong with its X Mount program – but the X-T2 betters it just about everywhere. In the ‘APS-C’ size sensor world it’s the most serious threat to the D-SLR there is. X-T2 or Nikon D500? Now there’s a purchasing dilemma that would be nice to have, but ironically it’s the Fujifilm mirrorless camera that would win easily if you were only considering styling … its classic SLR-like looks and thoroughly traditional dial-based control layout are absolutely irresistible. There’s a sure-footed confidence about the X-T2’s overall design too (also very evident in the X-Pro2) which means that it simply works with an effortless smoothness further enhanced by a few, small but nonetheless significant improvements to the ergonomics, including the addition of a joystick control for quicker switching of the focusing point. Yet Fujifilm isn’t afraid to think outside the square either, so the X-T2’s monitor screen has a clever tilt arrangement which allows for adjustments when the camera is being held vertically too. And this same deft touch is evident on the inside, starting with the latest generation of ‘X-Trans CMOS’ sensor… still surely the best thought-out solution to doing away with the optical low-pass filter, but still providing an effective degree of correction for moiré patterns. The gen-three chip is now up to 24.3 megapixels – probably the sweet spot for an ‘APS-C’ sensor in terms of pixel size – and mated with the ‘X-Processor Pro’ highspeed engine, enabling the X-T2 to be the first X Series model to have 4K video recording. With the optional ‘Vertical Power Booster Grip’ fitted, the camera gains a number of key performance enhancements. The new autofocusing system which still uses hybrid contrast/ phase detection measurement, but now has a total of 325 measuring points with 169 of them using phase-difference detection. Consequently, it’s faster and more flexible. There’s also a bigger buffer memory, 14 fps shooting with its sensor shutter (top speed of 1/32,000), dual SD memory card slots (both with UHS-II support), wireless TTL flash control when fitted with the new EF-X500 accessory flash unit. The list goes on and, consequently, there isn’t much that Fujifilm hasn’t thought about with this camera, but what makes the X-T2 a winner is that it’s all so logically and intuitively accessible… yet it’s still a real experience to use. Few camera designs ever get this absolutely right. Fujifilm has here… convincingly.
ENTHUSIAST MIRRORLESS CAMERA – THE FINALISTS Fujifilm X-T2 Olympus PEN F Sony A6300